January 3, 2014

Counting It Down to Some Like It Royal – Top Ten Movies About Royalty

It’s funny, royalty has always fascinated the public and why shouldn’t it? There’s this distance between ‘us’ and ‘them.’ A distance that is not easily bridged and their problems don’t seem like ours–except in books or movies when we’re allowed to be up close and personal with them. Some of the films on this list are about real royals and some are about fictional royalty, but what they all have in common is that feeling of knowing these monarchs and wanting to root for them. Mrs. Brown  Starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria, it examined the life of the long-lived British monarch […]
December 29, 2011

Texas Gothic: Rosemary Clement Moore

I’ve never read a Rosemary Clement-Moore book that I didn’t love. A couple of years ago, The Splendor Falls was my favorite novel of the year and Texas Gothic is damn near as good as that book, though I admit to a personal bias for the tale in Splendor Falls, Amy Goodnight and Texas Gothic offer a rich, fascinating tale that I couldn’t put down.  My only quibble…I have to wait for another book from this fabulous author. Texas Gothic Amy Goodnight’s family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay […]
December 27, 2011

Never Again: Michele Bardsley

Michele Bardsley steps out of Broken Heart, Oklahoma and  into Nevermore, Texas and I for one hope she comes back to  Nevermore, again and again. I adored Gray and Lucy and the entire town of Nevermore. It begins as this blurry chalk painting, dark and diminishing and grows increasingly vibrant with every page. The darkness that slides along the underbelly of Nevermore is balanced by the darkness swirling within the town’s guardian Gray. Gray and Lucy are tortured souls desperately in need of each other and in Nevermore, Bardsley shows us just how possible that can be. Don’t miss out […]
December 26, 2011

Model Marine: Candace Havens

It’s hard for me to say no to anything written by Candace Havens, in addition to being an entertaining host, a talented master of ceremonies and a gifted teacher, she’s a wonderful writer.  Model Marine is the perfect mixture of sexy hero and rakish escapism set against the fashion industry in New York.  From the first page to the last, I had a silly little grin on my face. Now I know this is a Harlequin Blaze and you’re thinking damn, I missed out on that because they are only released in paperback for about a month, but Harlequin’s a […]
December 24, 2011

Green-Eyed Demon: Jaye Wells

Merry Christmas Eve!  I hope you and yours are having a fabulous time.  I’m still ticking down my top ten reads for 2011 and no list would be complete without the snarkalicious delight that is Jaye Wells.  The third book in her Sabina Kane series (Silver-Tongued Devil comes out next week so don’t miss it!), Green-Eyed Demon features the showdown Sabina fans have been waiting for since we first met her royally bitchy grandmother in book one.  As always, Sabina has a colorful cast of supporting characters (of note is Giguhl who just rocks in his own right) and a […]